Perridak Arts was established in 2023 by Ballarat & District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC), after a need was identified for local First Nation’s Artists to develope a venue to sell and display their art. BADAC provides programs and supports to First Nation’s people in the local area and employ over 200 staff and continues to be an important provider of employment and support to the local First Nation’s community.  BADAC is proud that Perridak Arts is another step forward on the path to self determination for all First Nation’s people.

Acknowledging the land of the Wadawurrung people, a shopfront at 214 Mair Street was identified as a suitable venue and secured.

Perridak (Platypus in Wadawurrung Language) Arts was chosen, as the local First Nations’ Community has been described as being like a platypus, which has many different parts of animals, referencing the variety of clans which make up the Ballarat Aboriginal Community. The area is known as being severely affected by the effects of the stolen generations.

The BADAC Community, and subsequent programs, was established in 1979 and has since grown from strength to strength. The Perridak Arts project is another opportunity which allows the Community to be self-determined and create their own future on their terms.

We are proud to offer local and authentic First Nations’ art to the community and visitors to Ballarat, and to give members of the local Aboriginal Community, direct financial reward for their cultural knowledge and artistic ability.

All purchased art or artefacts is an investment in the future of our local Artists, and directly benefits them to follow further opportunities. 75% of the proceeds of each sale goes directly to the artists and creators, to assist them with their art healing journeys.  25% of each sale goes to assist BADAC’s Community programs which deliver various programs to support the local community.  

We are incredibly thankful to offer the unique artwork of the Ballarat Community for sale and trust it will be a perfect addition to whatever space it finds as its home

All of the works displayed at Perridak Arts are 100% Authentic First Nations Art.